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As the 2012-2013 television season is lowered into its grave, it's important to remember the moments that made us laugh, cry, and soil ourselves (in a good way). I've pestered the TV.com staff to name their favorite episodes and collected them below, because click-happy Best of 2013 lists are still half-a-year away and we have to pay the bills somehow. But really, with the major network season over, most big-name cable shows done for the year, and summer programming picking up, now's the perfect time to look back (see? There's logic here somewhere). The rules were simple: Anything that aired since the beginning of last summer qualified, and shows were allowed only one entry, for variety's sake. 

Here they are, in no particular order.


Homeland's "Q&A" – Season 2, Episode 5


What made it one of the best: Most great moments of television are defined by action or a big reveal, but the best part of Homeland's second season was a conversation between its two leads. Showtime's hit featuring counter-terrorism and covert international political manipulation is really about the relationship—both professionally and romantically speaking—between Carrie Matheson and Nicholas Brody, and "Q&A"'s scintillating chat between the two (with Carrie doing most of the talking) perfectly captured both characters, their obstacles, and the difficult situation they found themselves in. In fact, this episode was so good that it's easy to forget "Q&A" was the same episode where Finn ran over that lady and started one of the season's worst storylines. —Tim Surette

Other great Homeland Season 2 episodes: "Beirut is Back," "New Car Smell," "The Choice"


TV.com's "Q&A" review: Breaking Up is Hard to Do



The Good Wife's "Red Team, Blue Team" – Season 4, Episode 14

What made it one of the best: Among The Good Wife’s many strengths is the way it draws complex professional relationships that straddle the line between affection and self-interest. And some of its best episodes explore what happens when those relationships tilt too far in one direction or the other, such as this entry from the season’s crackerjack second half. A mock trial pitting Alicia and Cary against Will and Diane exposed simmering tensions within Lockhart Gardner, with terrific results. Plus, what’s more winning than Elsbeth Tascioni parrying the very Kyle MacLachlan-y thrusts of Kyle MacLachlan? —Andy Daglas

Other great The Good Wife Season 4 episodes: "Death of a Client," "The Wheels of Justice," "What's in the Box"




Enlightened's "The Ghost Is Seen" – Season 2, Episode 5

What made it one of the best: Mike White's impressive character study gave us one of TV's best in Amy Jellicoe, but it was this detour into the life of the enigmatic Tyler (played by White) that impressed the most. His quaking voiceover dragged us into the depths of loneliness and repitition that Tyler lived with, but by the end he was triumphantly reborn thanks to finding love (and the problems that come with it) from guest-star Molly Shannon. Emotional, hilarious, and insightful, "The Ghost is Seen" was a high point for one of the best series of the year. —Tim 

Other great Enlightened Season 2 episodes: "Higher Power," "Follow Me," "Agent of Change"




Game of Thrones' "The Rains of Castamere" – Season 3, Episode 9

What made it one of the best: I wouldn't argue with you if you believe "And Now His Watch Is Ended" deserved this spot, but come on. THE. RED. WEDDING. Superlatives are often overused, but after much deliberation, I'm more than okay with declaring the final five minutes or so of "The Rains of Castamere" to be one of the most devastating and shocking scenes in television history. It's the kind of television that leaves scars because of the way it hits unsuspecting fans with deceptive pacing and relentless brutality. But "The Rains of Castamere" was more than just a crushing blow; from beginning to end, the episode felt special, as Dany's Three Musketeers teamed up to liberate a city, Jon Snow broke from the wildlings and stomped on Ygritte's heart, and Bran's eyes rolled back into his head. All in a day's work for the ninth episode of a Game of Thrones season. —Tim

Other great Game of Thrones Season 3 episodes: "Walk of Punishment," "And Now His Watch Is Ended," "The Bear and the Maiden Fair"


TV.com's "The Rains of Castamere" review: Four Funerals and a Wedding



Justified's "Decoy" – Season 4, Episode 11

What made it one of the best: A variation on a caper episode, "Decoy" was a treat that broke the Justified formula without ever breaking the Justified mold. Instead of giving us a typical case for Raylan to crack while being handsome, the tense hour was practically a real-time game of hide-n-seek to the death... yet the dialogue was still as witty and poetic as ever. And Colton and Tim's back-and-forth must be commended as a highlight of the season. This masterful effort just narrowly edged out the ultra-violent "Outlaw." —Tim 

Other great Justified Season 4 episodes: "Hole in the Wall," "This Bird Has Flown," "Outlaw"


TV.com's "Decoy" review: A Gentleman's Game of Hide and Seek



Supernatural's "As Time Goes By" – Season 8, Episode 12

What made it one of the best: After putting a halt on the Apocalypse back in Season 5, the little show that refuses to die—much like the Winchesters themselves—seemed to struggle from a severe case of aimlessness in the following seasons. After all, how do you top the Apocalypse as the ultimate Worst Possible Outcome Ever, or out-evil the Prince of Evil himself? “As Time Goes By” effortlessly added another chapter to the Winchester family history and set up the senior CW series (and last existing relic from the semi-glorious WB days) with plenty, and I mean plenty of excellent material to work with in the future. Also, Grandpa Winchester was a total BAMF. —MaryAnn Sleasman

Other great Supernatural Season 8 episodes: “Everybody Hates Hitler,” “LARP and the Real Girl,” “Trial and Error”


TV.com's "As Time Goes By" review: Winchester Legacies



The Americans' "Trust Me" – Season 1, Episode 6

What made it one of the best: If there were any doubts that The Americans would never get real, like street real, "Trust Me" slammed those doubts on the ground and mercilessly pummeled them in the face like Liz did to Claudia. Paranoia was the key here, with the walls of three storylines closing in simultaneously around different characters. But it was Elizabeth and Phillip's brutal detention that really raised the bar in the early goings of this excellent series. After a consistently awesome first season, there are a lot of episodes that could claim to be The Americans' best; "Trust Me" just happens to be the one that cemented it as FX's latest fantastic watch. —Tim

Other great The Americans Season 1 episodes: "Pilot," "Safe House," "The Colonel," heck, all of 'em!


TV.com's "Trust Me" review: Whac-A-Mole



Dexter's "Are You...?" – Season 7, Episode 1

What made it one of the best: The Season 7 premiere of Dexter had a lot to prove. The show's sixth season emphatically displayed that its premise hadn't grown stale, and that for it to be viable or interesting moving forward, the writers had to play the card they'd been withholding for years: letting Deb in on Dexter's secret. After multiple season's worth of letting Dexter skirt by without too much consequence, "Are You...?" dropped the hammer on Dex and allowed the show to downshift into more subdued explorations of his relationship with his sister. The show, at least in the first half of Season 7, turned fascinatingly quiet and talky, and gave Michael C. Hall and especially Jennifer Carpenter tremendous material to work with. The premiere built up a lot of goodwill for Dexter's upcoming endgame; without it, who knows where the show might heading in its soon-to-debut final season. —Cory Barker

Other great Dexter Season 7 episodes: "The Dark...Whatever," "Sunshine and Frosty Swirl," "Surprise, Motherfucker!"


TV.com's "Are You...?" review: Yes.



Louie's "Miami" – Season 3, Episode 3


What made it one of the best: With all apologies to the incredibly empowering "Late Show" trilogy (or really Louie's entire third season, which was incredible), seeing Louie at his awkwardest was what made for the best Louie episode of the year. In a sitcom world obsessed with men who are bursting with machoness or crippled with nerdiness, "Miami" dove into the middle ground, creating a budding platonic friendship between two regular guys who would never normally be friends and exploring how masculinity plays into male relationships without ever uttering the term "bromance." Squeamish, insightful, and hilarious, "Miami" may have been the bravest half-hour of television all year. —Tim 

Other great Louie Season 3 episodes: "Telling Jokes/Set Up," "Daddy's Girlfriend" Parts 1 & 2, "Late Show" Parts 1, 2, & 3, "New Year's Eve"


TV.com's "Miami" review: Meet, Play, Love?



Arrow's "Darkness on the Edge of Town" – Season 1, Episode 22

What made it one of the best: Even though it took 22 episodes to get to this point, this late-season entry showcased what will hopefully be Arrow's Season 2 modus operandi: Team Arrow—Oliver, Diggle, and Felicity—in the field working together to take down the villain of the week or advance the seasonal arc in some way. "Darkness on the Edge of Town" was zippy, fun, and actually felt like a comic-book caper in all the best possible ways. Even ridiculous developments in the Oliver-Laurel relationship couldn't distract from the series finally coming into its own. —Noel Kirkpatrick

Other great Arrow Season 1 episodes: "Pilot," "Damaged," "The Odyssey"


TV.com's "Darkness on the Edge of Town" review: Hitting All the Important Targets



Rectify's "Drip, Drip" – Season 1, Episode 5

What made it one of the best: Sundance Channel's first original drama was no novice effort, and after a soft start, the show reached places we never expected in its second half. "Drip, Drip" was pure Southern neo-Gothic drama with its hallucinated visits from the Devil in the guise of a goat-stealing slob, emotional baptism for a troubled soul, and literally breathtaking ending. Aden Young's soulful performance drove this episode, and he had some great people to work with in Adelaide Clemens (Tawny) and W. Earl Brown (The Goatman). If this is an example of what's in store for the series, we are in great hands... even if they're going to drag us to Hell. —Tim 

Other great Rectify Season 1 episodes: "Modern Times," "Plato's Cave," "Jacob's Ladder"




New Girl's "Cooler" – Season 2, Episode 15

What made it one of the best: THEY KISSED! THEY KISSED! OMG GUYS NICK AND JESS KISSED! But the big smooch was sweet and amazing and heartfelt without being maudlin. And while it didn't happen until the end of “Cooler,” the lead-up featured—in addition to Nick's quest for "the right time"—an epic round of True American, and True American immediately gives any episode ALL of the brownie points. Clinton rules: Pick your intern! —MaryAnn

Other great New Girl Season 2 episodes: “Table 34,” “TinFinity,” “Virgins,” “A Father’s Love”


TV.com's "Cooler" review: ALL. OF. THE. FEELS.



The Walking Dead's "Clear" – Season 3, Episode 12

What made it one of the best: The third season of AMC's megahit had its share of ups and downs, plus a few extra downs and multiple trips to and from Woodbury, but who could've guessed this isolated sidequest episode would stand out as the season's best? Anchored by a strong performance from Lennie James in his return to the show as a broken-and-beaten Morgan (the first we'd seen of the character since the pilot), "Clear" did more to put the zombie apocalypse into perspective than any of the hours that preceded it. Most importantly, after drawing complaints about wafer-thin characters, "Clear" brought Rick, Carl, and Michonne to life. Yes, even Michonne! The show just had to ignore its dragging season-long plot to pull it off. —Tim    

Other great The Walking Dead Season 3 episodes: "Seed," "Killer Within," When the Dead Come Knocking"


TV.com's "Clear" review: Lessons in Crazy



Person of Interest's "Prisoner's Dilemma" – Season 2, Episode 12

What made it one of the best: I fielded lots of requests to put "Zero Day" on this list as the entry for Person of Interest's second season, but I think "Prisoner's Dilemma" was its most shining hour. Structurally distinct, dense with story, and funnier than it had any right to be, this episode was as complete as the show has ever been. While Reese's backstory came out through an interrogation and flashbacks, Fusco handled the week's number—a sexy Victoria's Secret model—in the season's best two-minute story arc. And who can forget the hilarious moment when combat-untested Finch geared up to break his best friend Reese out of prison? Person of Interest continues to defy the procedural shoebox it's often placed in, and "Prisoner's Dilemma" was the best example of the series being a heck of a lot better than critics say it is. —Tim

Other great Person of Interest Season 2 episodes: "Contingency," "Relevance," "Zero Day"

TV.com's "Prisoner's Dilemma" review: Past, Present, and Prison



Last Resort's "Skeleton Crew" – Season 1, Episode 5


What made it one of the best: After a stellar pilot, ABC's military thriller took a few episodes to really start fulfilling its potential. But when it did, wowza! Boosted by guest-star Jay Karnes, "Skeleton Crew" weaved multiple stories and ticking clocks with ease for an hour that left viewers panting. Marcus threatened to eat a man's eye in a fierce standoff, Kendal doubted the sanity of his dear captain, and Grace took control of both the Colorado and a difficult situation. Last Resort never made it to a full season, but "Skeleton Crew" was proof that it should have. —Tim

Other great Last Resort Season 1 episodes: "Captain," "Nuke it Out," "Controlled Flight Into Terrain"

TV.com's "Skeleton Crew" review: Grace Under Fire



30 Rock's "A Goon's Deed in a Weary World" – Season 7, Episode 11

What made it one of the best: Besides being one of the funniest episodes of the outstanding final season, “A Goon’s Deed” also served up a rare, heartwarming win for ol’ Liz Lemon. To help her prepare for the long-awaited arrival of her adopted twins, the TGS staff for once rallied behind their fearless leader. In proper 30 Rock fashion, their support arrived in the form of what they’d always done best: slacking off and screwing up the show. Liz’s twins turning out to be pint-size incarnations of Jenna and Tracy was the goofily logical cherry on top. —Andy

Other great 30 Rock Season 7 episodes: "Mazel Tov, Dummies!," "My Whole Life is Thunder," "Hogcock/Last Lunch"



Breaking Bad's "Say My Name" – Season 5, Episode 7

What made it one of the best: Yeah, the show needed to kill Mike, and the episode felt very much like it was conceived with that end point in mind, but it was such a perfect sendoff for the curmudgeonly criminal. Throughout his entire run, Mike had been disrespected by everyone: The DEA thought they could break him, Lydia thought she could kill him by proxy, Walter forced him back into the business. This most hard-boiled of the hard-boiled was forced to deal with amateurs and arrogant assholes, and they finally got him in the end. Just like with the innocent kid killed in "Dead Freight," Mike's death was pointless and unnecessary (Walter could've gotten those legacy names from Lydia), and it served as the final sign of just how little control Walter ultimately had. —Noel

Other great Breaking Bad Season 5 episodes: "Madrigal," "Fifty-One," "Dead Freight," "Gliding Over All"

TV.com's "Say My Name" review: Down By the River



Mad Men's "For Immediate Release" – Season 6, Episode 6

What made it one of the best: There are some episodes of Mad Men that cram an awful lot of symbolism crammed into an hour. In fact, one could argue that most episodes of Mad Men are all about the meaning of the things… which is why episodes where stuff actually happens are so important. Not only did plenty of stuff happen in “For Immediate Release,” it was also just plain delightful to watch as Megan’s miserable mom got sauced, Roger seduced a flight attendant, and the unholy union of Don Draper and Ted Chaough brought their formerly rival firms together with a monstrous merger. Peggy was thrilled. —MaryAnn

Other great Mad Men Season 6 episodes:  "The Flood," "The Better Half"


TV.com's "For Immediate Release" review: Mergers and Acquisitions



Wilfred's "Progress" – Season 2, "Special Preview Episode"

What made it one of the best: Never mind that "Progress" was labeled as a "special preview episode," that was just some poor marketing on FX's part. This episode was the zany comedy's true Season 2 premiere and a fine example of Wilfred at its weirdo best. In the end it was all a dream (though in Wilfred's world, the question of "OR WAS IT?" certainly applies) but it tapped into the question of Ryan's sanity splendidly. And don't forget the bong wheelchair, Robin Williams' guest stint, and Bear driving a getaway car!!! Wilfred is always good for an entertaining half-hour, but a few times a season, it breaks through its own ceiling and reaches a level of greatness that few other comedies achieve. "Progress" was the series' best. Tim

Other great Wilfred Season 2 episodes: "Control," "Truth," "Secrets"


TV.com's "Progress" review: Back to Work



Orphan Black's "Entangled Bank" – Season 1, Episode 8

What made it one of the best: There were a lot of options to choose from in Orphan Black's strong, consistently great first season, but I loved the complete package of "Entangled Bank." Like the clones at the center of the BBC America series, Orphan Black puts on many faces. It's part mystery thriller, part sci-fi drama, and part darkly comedic suburban nightmare. And every aspect of the show got a workout in this frenetic episode as the season hit a high in the insanity department. Huge revelations abounded, and a shocking ending paved the way for more secrets in the following installment. But it was soccer mom Alison letting loose, smokin' doobs, and singing Meredith Brooks that cemented the series' knack for pure entertainment with a timely injection of humor into an otherwise very serious show. —Tim

Other great Orphan Black Season 1 episodes: "Variations Under Domestication," "Unconscious Selection," "Endless Forms Most Beautiful"




Honorable mentions: Sons of Anarchy's "Laying Pipe"; Alphas' "When Push Comes to Shove"/"The Devil Will Drag You Under"; Bunheads' "Movie Truck"; Archer's "Legs"; House of Cards' "Chapter 8"; Elementary's "The Woman"; Suits' "Rewind"; American Horror Story's "I Am Anne Frank (Parts 1 & 2)"; Comedy Bang Bang's "Paul Rudd Wears a Red Lumberjack Flannel Shirt"; Spartacus's "Victory"; The Vampire Diaries' "Graduation"; Boardwalk Empire's "Two Impostors"


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Have to agree that not having Fringe in the list is a mistake, but other than that I agree with most episode choices (of the shows I watch or watched). Good list overall.
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I guess I need to stay in front of the TV more. I never heard of some of these shows ... doesn't mean they aren't deserving but...
Agree with others who mention the omitted Fringe. Big oversight.
I do know that The Killing had several episodes that were the best of the season. Another big oversight.

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On what planet do Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries (tvd got an honourable mention) qualify for a Best of 2012-2013 and Fringe gets completely left out?
Let me just make it clear that I like both Supernatural and TVD but Come On TV.com! Tim?!?
Yes, season 5 was not Fringe's strongest season but it was still a great send off and this is supposed to be a list of "best episodes" for every show on television this past year (2013/13)! So, in that context, how you neglected to throw Fringe a bone (especially considering it was it's final season) I'll never understand. :-(
So, I guess I'll have to do it for you:
FRINGE - Season 5 Episode 4 - "The Bullet That Saved The World"
Why: This episode really kicked things into gear for Fringe's final season. Yes, a major and heart-breaking death occurred but it was necessary for the story and made the audience REALLY start POWER HATING on those bald mo-fo's and cheering for the Fringe team harder then ever. It also put the audience right into the show and the characters emotional state. Every Fringie was heartbroken but we also really, really really wanted to know what happens next and what path the characters, especially Peter and Olivia, choose after that gut wrenching final scene.
Runners up: "An Origin Story", "Black Blotter", "Five-Twenty-Ten", "Liberty" and "An Enemy of Fate"
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FRINGE "An Enemy of Fate". How could you possibly forget that in a top 20?
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The Office, "The Finale".
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"In Care Of", Mad Men
"Margate Sands", Boardwalk Empire
"Fifty-One", Breaking Bad
"Chapter 1", House of Cards
"The Crash", Mad Men
"You'd Be Surprised", Boardwalk Empire
"Say My Name", Breaking Bad
"For Immediate Release", Mad Men
"Chapter 11", House of Cards
"The Prince", The Borgias

Worth Mention:

Two Imposters", Boardwalk Empire
"Chapter 13", House of Cards
"A Man, a Plan", Boardwalk Empire
"We Just Decided To", The Newsroom
"Trust Me", The Americans
"Mania", Boss
"Beirut Is Back", Homeland
"The Rains of Castamere", Game of Thrones
"The Lives of Others", Castle
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Some amazing episodes on the list for sure, but how on earth you do not include a single episode from the final Spartacus season I cannot understand. The way that series grew into its own and proved it could create major battle scenes, characterization and so much more. I would have put the second last episode where they said goodbye to Crixus on that list.
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So happy to see Supernatural make the list! I did love the ep chosen, although I think there are a few others I'd personally put in front of it: Goodbye Stranger, Trial & Error, Clip Show & Sacrifice were all really fantastic to me. But As Time Goes By was a neat addition to the Winchester legacy!
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Spartacus - only honorary mention and NO Fringe.. ..get lost
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um NCIS definitely should've made it. The Berlin episode was amazing
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I'm pretty pleased supernatural was on the list, season eight helped set a cool new plot for the next season like they don't seem out of place anymore since the ending of the apocalypse storyline
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Southland's "Chaos". I mean really . . .

It would be great if each episode title linked to its corresponding episode overview.
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svu finale, are you kidding me?!
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Sons of anarchy, Elementary, Suits. They should have been in the list with some great episodes.
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Hard to decide between Q&A and Are You...?
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The season finale of Banshee was spectacular...
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I love Supernatural so glad it made the list, I liked the whole season and those episodes were great.
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Ugh,
Last Resort, Louie, 30 Rock, Rectify and The Americans...why are they here!?

Shows like Fringe, Banshee and Castle deserve a spot here long before the above mentioned.
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While "Clear" was an exceptional episode of Walking Dead, nothing can top "The Killer Within" IMO for best episode of the third season.
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I've got to agree, "The Killer Within" had everything ("Clear was only about three characters, at most).
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Yeah, between the zombie attack, the baby being born, T-Dogg, Lori dying, Rick's emotional reaction... this episode really ran the gauntlet. and an episode where they can make a totally loathed character like Lori have a tragic death the viewers can be sympathetic for is just exceptional writing/acting.
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Btw, LOVED those Mad Men episodes...Loved, Loved LOVED! Especially the Better Half!
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Well, have to give it to How I Met Your Mother

Best episode - tie between Farhampton & Something New because a) great comedy and b) Hello, we met the mother!

Honourable mentions P.S. I Love You because of Robin Daggers and Time Travellers because again great comedy and EPIC Ted Mosby at the end speech!

Also I watch The Borgias sooo

Best episode - Siblings not because incest happened on my tv screen but because the actors made it look so natural and true it almost made me forget these were brother and sister. Great work and episode set up!

Honourable mentions - The Wolf and The Lamb and Banquet of Chestnuts
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Honestly, even though I enjoyed Something New, I thought it was a bit short on actual laughs, in my opinion the best episode/episodes of HIMYM this season was The Final Page its 1+2.
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Spartacus final episode 'Victory' is missing and as good as the list is, that renders it null and void I'm afraid
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This made me realize how much I've missed some of these shows.
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Red Team/Blue Team truely was an epic episode in The Good Wife's bigger picture. The show had a great season!
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fringe! With Walter in the lab, facing his demons at the end, superb.
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Where's Sons of Anarchy, Banshee, Fringe.
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You could also put Hannibal's buffey froid...or apertiff or no wait, releves ! damn all the 12 episodes are amazing! Oh and nice nod to Supernatural ! yeah that episode was a good one this season
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Very happy to see Person of Interest in your Top 20, Tim! It's also in the Top 5 for viewers per most polls - for a reason. I hope CBS will just leave them alone next season and not let them go 2,3,4 weeks without a new episode - or none at all! One of CBS's hottest shows - and they pull them week after week??? POI deserves (much) better.
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The Big Bang Theory had a string of near perfect episodes too, so did Awake and Elementary and neither of those made the list.

Grimm's To Protect and Serve Man, Angry Fuchsbau and Bad Teeth were as goood as any Supernatural episode but it didn't make the cut either.
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I'm really glad Supernatural made the list. But Fringe should be in here too..
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This is a great article, I don't think anything was missed on my part. Well except a southland episode! but I expect that from this site.
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I'm a big Supernatural fan and this season had a few good episodes. However, including Supernatural in a year-best list and only giving Sons Of Anarchy an honorable mention seems wrong to me. Other than that, everything else was to be expected.
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Everybody hates Hitler and Clip Show were way better than As Time Goes By IMO.
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Louie is bad, I don't get the acclaim at all, watched all the first series didn't laugh very much gave up. The Wilfred episode nearly put me off completely it was a bizarre side step after the first series and right to be advertised as a special preview rather than an actual episode. Was the last series of 30 Rock that good?
And finally this list should have had 4 or 5 Breaking Bad episodes, at least 1 Game of Thrones and maybe the finale of Fringe.
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As Time Goes By was a great Supernatural episode, but for my top 5 SPN episodes of Season 8, I would have had to include Sacrifice, Clip Show, Goodbye Stranger, A Little Slice of Kevin, and Hunteri Heroici.
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Unfortunately the hype of GoT's 'Rains of Castamere' has already started to really annoy me, just like Dexter's fourth season final, 'The Getaway'. Would anyone honestly put the episode in lists like this if it wasn't for the last ten minutes of the show? There's 40 minutes before that, and in my opinion, the rest of the episode wasn't that great, I much preferred 'Second Sons'.
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To each is own, i respect your opinion however i STRONGLY disagree, Rains of Castemere has to be the best episode of the series yet, had lots of memorable moments from the books, some good action, and things finally started happening after what was highly considered a very slow season, i think it was the shock value that made it so memorable, regardless, its being referred to as the most violent and shocking 5 minutes of television history.. for me, this and blackwater are the 2 best episodes of the series.
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I would say I have the same problem with Blackwater, I mean, how much screen time was actually devoted to the battle in the episode compared to everyone just talking about it waiting to happen.
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I couldn't agree more..
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I would, I loved all parts of the episode, honestly I preferred Bran and Jons storyline to the last 10 minutes, I thought it was the best Bran scenes the show has put out since season 1. I thought it was an all around great episode.
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What happened to Newsroom? The six minute speech in the pilot made that episode at least deserve an honorable mention...
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I remember watching The Americans episode "Trust Me" and literally laughing out loud. It was almost comical. Everybody and their brother knew it was the Russians and not the Americans that were interrogating them. It was embarrassing how little was put into that episode.
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Boo. Not voting because you missed out REVENGE.
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I think The Vampire Diaries episode "Stand By Me" really deserves a spot on this list, as does the Spartacus: War of the Damned finale, "Victory".
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Oops. Didn't see "Victory" was in the Honorable Mention category. Still, I'm surprised "Graduation" was ranked higher than "Stand By Me".
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I prefer Down the Rabbit Hole, but Stand By Me definitely packed an emotional punch... too bad it was sort of undone by that characters return later on.
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no Hannibal episodes? Sorbet was awesome in a gruesome way.. that dinner party...
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Oh, man- I only watch 1 show on this entire list...apparently I wasted my whole 2012-2013 TV-viewing year!
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Supernatural's finale was amazing. The emotional scene between Sam and Dean at the end was beautiful and heart-wrenching in a way we haven't seen in awhile. S8 ended on the strongest note we've had since Swan Song, which definitely gives me hope for the upcoming season--something that has been lacking these last few years.
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The SOA episode, "Laying Pipe", with only an 'honorable mention' definitely deserved a place on the list.
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Broadchurch? Quiet possibly the best ITV drama to ever be released!

Archer, Futurama, Parks & Rec, Community's "Freaky Friday" episode, you can't deny you left out a lot of solid show from your list. House of Cards too (basing that one on word of mouth!)
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Broadchurch is excellent, I agree.
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Game of Thrones, The Rains of Castamere was amazing, a real shock.
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where's Fringe???
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I was hoping to see "Boardwalk Empire" somewhere on this list... This season was particularly well acted - and as always the writing was up there with the best of HBO. Not to mention, the addition of Bobby Cannavale this past season was the best casting choice of the show so far. What makes "Boardwalk Empire" so remarkable is its ability to immerse the viewer in the world of all the characters, not just Nucky's. That being said, the most successful episodes are ones that reveal new perspectives through peripheral characters. "The Pony" took us on a ride through Nucky's new lady-friend's world (a ride that had a decidedly explosive ending) and shifted the direction of Nucky's story all together. "A Man, A Plan" opened our eyes to the secrets we had only gotten glimpses of before. And if the writing wasn't enough for you, the performance by Steve Buschemi and Kelly MacDonald in the last minutes of the episode takes the cake.
I'd rank "The Pony," "A Man, A Plan," or, of course, the finale "Margate Sands" as the best episodes this season.
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I would have liked to have seen a Boardwalk episode on this list too, and I would suggest one myself but the season was so long ago that I almost forget what happened. Thanks for reminding me of some of the best parts... 'The Pony' and 'A Man, A Plan' definitely had great twists that I didn't see coming.
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I'd add to your list The Big Bang Theory's "The Closet Reconfiguration" as a top episode of the season, where the gang gets together and helps Howard with his emotional distress over a letter from his father being read against his will, that was a real choice episode on top of a very solid season, that ep stuck with me.

Go On's pilot episode was a standout, and the series - while uneven - had several others I could replace that with for a top list of the season.

Family Guy didn't have a great season, but "Big Fat", where Peter gets lost in the woods and comes out feral may have been the ultimate Family Guy episode and deserves recognition as such.

I'd also consider adding Psych's "No Country for Two Old Men" from a season that got better and better; The Office's "AARM" and "Finale"; and Community's solo standout episode for me, "Basic Human Anatomy".


As to your list...

I can't speak to a lot of these shows, some I am not interested in, others I don't have access to. But those I can:

The Good Wife, I agree that Red Team Blue team was the best, but the second half of this season had a lot of good choices and Death of a Client was right up there, which I see the voters agree with. Too bad the first half of the season was brought to a screeching halt with the Kalinda/Nick storyline that infected too many threads, or we could have had more choices here. Also, how come both Andy and Noel watch The Good Wife and yet rarely get to have articles about it?

Justified for me is a tossup between Decoy and Ghosts, Decoy I think I enjoyed more overall just for finally getting back to a real Justified feeling, but Ghosts was able to feel like a breakout episode. I voted Decoy based solely on my comments in the review being longer.

I really liked Louie's Miami, but it wasn't funny most of the time and it petered out towards the end. I admire the episode and it deserves applause for being so well crafted, but it wasn't everything I wanted. My favorite was "Barney/Never" though, it's an uneven episode because it's 2 unrelated tales told in different ways, but they worked on their own so well, 2 bottle episodes with very different tones both doing interesting things, I laughed and felt and didn't get jerked around. Ikea/Piano Lesson also tops my list, as does Late Show pt 3, and the doll scene from New Year's Eve may have been the most I've laughed in the last year.

Arrow's "Darkness on the Edge of Town" was an ok episode but the titular character didn't feel that well served by the episode, so it's not my favorite and I surely couldn't put it in my top 20 episodes of the 12-13 season. I dunno what exactly my favorite episode of the season was, probably was The Odyssey but I'm actually voting for Other: "Year's End", an episode I know Noel didn't like, but it felt like a different balance of tones, and had a very strong ending.

30 Rock is another I can't say I'd put in top 20 episodes of the season at all, although the episode Andy chose is probably the best of the season.

Glad to see some love for Alphas and Archer, although I'm not sure I could actually pick a top ep from either, they both had great seasons. Suits had an uneven second season, but still quite enjoyable, and again I'm not seeing an episode I could pick to be a best.
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I'm disappointed not to see more love for The Big Bang Theory in the comments... In terms of quality last season was possibly its best yet.
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Not only do I agree, but now that you mention it I'm surprised too, as that episode made FTW for that week, and several others made big reactions on this site too.
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So happy to see Arrow's Darkness on the Edge of Town on your list of Top 20. It was one of my favorites from the year for the very reason cited: Oliver, Felicity, and Diggle going all "Crime caper" and working the field together. It's the best part of the show (plus, hello! Hot chemistry popped up between Oliver and Felicity in that elevator shaft scene. Wow!) and I really, really hope that come Season 2 the show doesn't screw up the awesome dynamic of these 3 by shoving a bunch of other people into the Team and into Oliver's secret. I want the actiony awesomeness of Team Arrow all working together to take down each week's baddie and be able to enjoy that for a long, long time.
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